See a Norman battle at Dunluce during Heritage Open Day

DUNLUCE Castle is to host an exciting display of hand-to-hand combat from the 13th century as part of the European Heritage Open Days next weekend.

The iconic north coast tourist attraction will allow the public access a display of weapons as well as armour and war-like accoutrements to handle and try on.

As part of the ‘living history’ renactment, visitors will be able to feel the heft of the sword, the weight of the iron maille armour and the clang of a helmet visor as they are guided through some of the fighting techniques of the professional men of the Norman period.

The ‘Armour and Fight’ event will be held at the Castle grounds on Saturday, September 14 from 10.30am to 5pm.

The following day - Sunday, September 15 at 3pm, the Castle will stage Singing Along the Northern Coast.

Visitors will be able to hear over one hundred year old poetry by Glenswoman Moira O’Neill and local man Adam Mathers, recited and set to music by poet and songwriter Catherine Hatt.

A number of properties in Coleraine and North Antrim will be open over the weekend of Sept-14-15 with free admission.

Coleraine area: Martello Tower, Sat-Sun 12noon-4pm; Hezlett House Sat 10am-4.30pm, free admission, 45 min tours on the hour; Sun, normal admission charges apply; Portstewart Town Hall, Sat 9am-5pm; Sun, not open; Portrush Town Hall, Sat 9am-5pm; Sun, not open; Mussenden Temple, Sat, 10am-4pm, tours at 11.30am, 1pm, 3pm, free admission; Sun, normal admission charges apply;

North Antrim area: Dunluce Castle, Sat, 10am-6pm (Living History, 10am-5pm); Sun, Medieval Combat Group 1pm; poetry 3pm; * Giant’s Causeway Visitors Centre, Sat, guided tours, 12noon and 2pm; Sun, normal admission charges apply; * Ice House at Carrick-a-Rede Salmon Fishery, Sat tours 2.30pm, 3.30pm; sun, not open. Drumlodge Gate, Bushmills, Sat, not open; Sun, 10am-4pm; Billy Parish Church, Sat, 1am-5pm; Sun, special Harvest Thanksgiving Service. Open for services 10.30am and 6pm; Culfeightrin Old Church, Sat, not open; Sun, guided tours, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm; Magherintemple House and Gate Lodge, Sat, not open; Sun, 10am-4pm; St Colman’s Church, Sat, 11am-5pm; Sun, open for worship, 12pm; Gracehill Conservation area, Sat, 12.30pm-5pm; Sun, not open; Ballymoney Old Church graveyard, Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, not open; Ballymoney Museum, Sat 9am-5pm; Sun, not open; Benvarden, Sat, not open; Sun, 2-5pm.

* Booking essential, call 028 9054 3022.